This Day in History for 25th February

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 183

138 - The Emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.
1095 - Council of Rockingham: bishop Anselmus vs King William II Rufus
1358 - Dalmatie flees Venice
1497 - Italians troops reconquer Taranto on France
1502 - Austrian emperor Maximilian I reformats government machine
1540 - Francisco Vázquez de Coronado searches for 7 cities of Cibola Mexico
1570 - Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth I, absolves her subjects from allegiance
1605 - Portuguese garrison on Ambon surrenders to Admiral Van der Haghen
1623 - Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria becomes monarch of Palts
1634 - Irish captain Walter Devereaux kills duke Wallenstein
1643 - Dutch US colonists kill Algonquin-indians
English Monarch Queen Elizabeth IEnglish Monarch Queen Elizabeth I 1667 - Abraham Crijnssens fleet reach Fort Willoughby on Suriname River
1746 - Cumberlands troops occupy Aberdeen
1751 - 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)
1791 - 1st Bank of US chartered
1793 - 1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington's home)
1797 - Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Last Invasion of Britain
1799 - 1st federal forestry legislation authorizes purchase of timber land
1799 - Congress passes 1st federal quarantine legislation
1803 - 1,800 sovereign German states unite into 60 states
1804 - Thomas Jefferson nominated for US President at Democratic-Republican caucus
Author Victor HugoAuthor Victor Hugo 1830 - Victor Hugo's "Hernani" premieres in Paris
1836 - Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm
1836 - US Showman Phineas Taylor Barnum exhibits African American slave Joice Heth.
1837 - 1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport
1838 - London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours
1839 - Seminoles & black allies shipped from Tampa Bay Florida, to West
1847 - State University of Iowa is approved
1859 - 1st use of "insanity plea" to prove innocence
Inventor/Industrialist Samuel ColtInventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt 1862 - Congress forms US Bureau of Engraving & Printing
1862 - Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by Pres Abraham Lincoln
1863 - Congress creates national banking system, comptroller of currency
1870 - Hiram R. Revels, is sworn in as 1st black member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)
1875 - Kiowa Indians under Lone Wolf (Guipago) surrender at Ft Sill
1879 - Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act
1885 - US Congress condemns barbed wire around government grounds
1892 - James Barrie's "Walker London," premieres in London
1896 - Italian government decides to attack governor Baratieri of Eritrea
Minister and US Senator Hiram R. RevelsMinister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels 1901 - George Cohan's musical "Governor's Son," premieres in NYC
1901 - US Steel Corp organized under J P Morgan
1904 - J M Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish Natl Theater Society
1904 - Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
1905 - The Nederlands Verbond van Vakverenigingenwas, a Dutch social-democratic trade union, forms
1907 - George Bernard Shaw's "Philanderer," premieres in London
1907 - US proclaims protectorate over Dominican Republic
1908 - 1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens
1910 - Dali Lama flees Tibet from Chinese troop to British-Indies
Playwright George Bernard ShawPlaywright George Bernard Shaw 1911 - Victor Herbert's opera "Natoma," premieres in Philadelphia
1912 - Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
1913 - The 16th Amendment to the Constitution becomes law, providing the legal basis for the institution of a graduated income tax
1916 - German troops conquer Fort Douaumont near Verdun
1919 - League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
1919 - Oregon is 1st state to tax gasoline (1 cent per gallon)
1921 - Georgian SSR proclaimed
1921 - Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, occupied by Bolshevist Russia.
1923 - Bread in Berlin rises to 2,000 mark
1924 - Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)
1925 - Glacier Bay National Monument established in Alaska
1925 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran
1925 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
1925 - The diplomatic relations between Japan and the Soviet Union were established.
Spanish Dictator and General Francisco FrancoSpanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco 1926 - Francisco Franco becomes the youngest General in Spain
1926 - Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on government/warlords
1927 - Gdanks & Polish accord concerning traffic through Polish corridor
1930 - Check photographing device patented
1930 - George Headley completes twin tons in Test Cricket v England (114 & 112)
1932 - Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship
1933 - 1st genuine aircraft carrier christened, USS Ranger
1933 - Major NFL rule changes (hash mark 10 yds in, posts on goal line)
1933 - Thomas Yawkey purchases Boston Red Sox
1938 - British Lord Halifax becomes Foreign Minister
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 1939 - 1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden
1940 - 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
1941 - Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
1941 - February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
1943 - Vietminh forms Indo Chinese Democratic Front
1944 - US 1st Army completes invasion plan
1945 - US aircraft carriers attack Tokyo
1945 - World War II: Turkey declares war on Germany.
1948 - Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C Gottwald becomes premier
1949 - WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
Actor & Director Mel BrooksActor & Director Mel Brooks 1950 - "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen
1951 - "Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 278 perf
1951 - 1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina)
1951 - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament
1952 - 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
1953 - "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 perfs
1954 - Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier
1956 - Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference
Singer-songwriter Buddy HollySinger-songwriter Buddy Holly 1957 - Buddy Holly & Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"
1957 - Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
1960 - John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos," premieres
1960 - Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic," premieres in NYC
1961 - Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
1961 - Paul Bikle in glider climbs from 1208 m at release to record 14,10
1962 - India Congress Party wins elections
1962 - Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon
1962 - robert kennedy visits Netherlands
1963 - Beatles release their 1st single in US "Please Please Me"
US Attorney General Robert Francis KennedyUS Attorney General Robert Francis Kennedy 1964 - Austrian chancellor Alfons Gorbach resigns

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 276

1398 - Xuande, Emperor of China (d. 1435)
1591 - Friedrich von Spee, German writer (d. 1635)
1635 - Walraad, the Elder, Dutch fieldmarshall/earl of Nassau-Usingen
1643 - Ahmed II, 21st sultan of Turkey (1691-95)
1663 - Pierre Antoine Motteux, French-born English dramatist (d. 1718)
1680 - Philipp Hyacinth Lobkowitz, composer
1682 - Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist (d. 1771)
1692 - Karl Ludwig, Freiherr von Pöllnitz, German adventurer and writer (d. 1775)
1707 - Carlo Goldoni, Italy, lawyer/playwright (Belisario, Love of 3 Oranges)
1714 - Sir Hyde Parker, 5th Baronet, British admiral (d. 1782)
1714 - René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, Chancellor of France (d. 1792)
1725 - Karl Wilhelm Ramler, German poet (Geistliche Kantaten)
1727 - Armand-Louis Couperin, French composer and organist (Notre Dame)
1731 - Simon Stijl, Frisian physician/writer
1732 - Robert Hudson, composer
1735 - Ernst William Wolf, composer
1752 - John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (d. 1806)
Revolutionary Leader José de San MartínRevolutionary Leader José de San Martín (1778) 1778 - Jose de San Martin, Yapeyú Corrientes, Argentine General, liberated Argentina, Chile and Peru from Spanish rule
1788 - Mateo Ferrer, composer
1794 - Gerrit Schimmelpenninck, Dutch earl of Nijenhuis/Peckedam
1807 - George Alfred Trenholm, Secy Treas (Confederacy), died in 1876
1808 - James Bowen, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1886
1809 - George Washington Cullom, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1892
1811 - Carl Schuberth, composer
1814 - Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian national poet/painter (3/9 NS) [OS]
1815 - Robert Hall Chilton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1879
1832 - Theodorus J I Arnold, bibliographer (Bibliotheca Belgian)
1833 - Clement Anselm Evans, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1911
1833 - Julie Verstraete-Lacquet, Flemish actress
1840 - Alexis Hollander, composer
1840 - Otto Liebmann, German philosopher (Climax of Theories)
Painter & Sculptor Pierre Auguste RenoirPainter & Sculptor Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841) 1841 - Pierre Auguste Renoir, Limoges France, Impressionist painter/sculptor
1842 - Karl May, German writer (Old Shatterhand/Winnetou)
1847 - John Watson, Canada, philosopher (Objective Idealism)
1855 - George Bonnor, cricketer (big-hitting Aussie batter 1880-1888)
1855 - Cesário Verde, Portuguese poet (d. 1886)
1856 - Charles Lang Freer, art collector; endowed Freer Gallery [or 1876]
1860 - Menso Kamerlingh Onnes, painter/water colors painter
1860 - William James Ashley, English economic-historian
1866 - Benedetto Croce, Italy, humanist/historian/editor/philosopher
1868 - Anthony J Block, Dutch lawyer (strafproces)
1871 - Oliver Samuel Campbell, tennis champ (US Open-1890)
1873 - Enrico Caruso, Naples Italy, operatic tenor (Faust)
1876 - Charles Freer, art collector; endowed Freer Gallery [or 1856]
1877 - Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist (d. 1935)
1879 - Otakar Ostrcil, composer
1881 - William Foster, Mass, Communist Pres candidate (1924,28,32)
1882 - Jozef Goossenaerts, Flemish philologist (Language boundary)
1883 - Princess Alice of Albany, Countess of Athlone (d. 1981)
1885 - Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke, Ranee of Sarawak (d. 1971)
1887 - Leonard Carey, England, actor (Laughter)
1888 - John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59)
1889 - Homer S. Ferguson, United States Senator (d. 1982)
1890 - Myra Hess, London England, concert pianist
1894 - Ernst Friedrich, Breslau Germany, pacifist (War Against War!)
1894 - Howard Wendell, Poland, actor (4 Skulls of Jonathan Drake)
1894 - Meher Baba, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1969)
1895 - DeBenneville "Bert" Bell, PA, NFL owner/commissioner/HOF (Eagles)
1895 - Henri Martelli, composer
1896 - John Little McClellan, Sheridan Arkansas, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark)
1898 - William Thomas Astbury, English physicist/chemist (textiles)
1899 - Leo J Weisgerber, German linguist
1900 - Jed Harris, producer/director (Billy Rose Show, Operation Mad Ball)
1901 - Federico Ghisi, composer
1901 - [Herbert] Zeppo Marx, NYC, comedian/actor (Marx Brothers)
1902 - Max Kommerell, German literary/author (Die Gefangenen)
1902 - Oscar Cullmann, Swiss theologist (Das Petrusproblem)
1903 - King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
1904 - Adelle Davis, author (Lets Stay Healthy)/nutritionist (died of cancer)
1906 - Boris Papandopulo, composer
1906 - Domingo Ortega, Spanish bullfighter
1906 - Howard Zahniser, Father of Wilderness Act
1906 - Warren Hymer, NYC, actor (Girl From Havana, Meet the Mob)
1907 - Mary Coyle Chase, playwright (Harvey-Pulitzer Prize)
1907 - Shimen Rushkin, Poland, actor (Beau Brummel, Having a Wonderful Time)
1908 - Frank G Slaughter, author (Sangaree)
1909 - Edgar Pangborn, US, sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy)
1909 - John Evan "Jasper" Weston Mather, writer
1910 - Millicent Fenwick, NYC, (Rep-R-NJ 1975-82) (Doonesbury)
1912 - Richard Wattis, England, actor (Hobson's Choice, Prince & Showgirl)
1912 - Brenda Joyce, American actress
1913 - Gert Froebe, Saxony Germany, actor (Goldfinger)
1913 - Jim Backus, Cleve, actor (Mr Magoo, Thurston Howell III-Gilligan Is)
1914 - John Arlott, cricketer (the doyen of cricket commentators & writers)
1916 - Ian Wallace, British CEO
1916 - Ralph Baldwin, harness driver (set 11 major world records)
1916 - Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (d. 1991)
1917 - Alex Gordon, architect
Novelist Anthony BurgessNovelist Anthony Burgess (1917) 1917 - Anthony Burgess, essayist/novelist (Clockwork Orange)
1917 - Asta E R Elstak, Suriname/Dutch social worker
1918 - Henry Norwood Ewell, Harrisburg Pa, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1948)
1918 - Robert Lorimer "Bobby" Riggs, Los Angeles California, US tennis star (US Open 1939, 41)
1918 - Barney Ewell, American athlete (d. 1996)
1918 - Rena Kyriakou, Greek pianist (d. 1994)
1919 - F de Jong Edz, Dutch historian
1919 - Monty Irvin, baseball hall of famer (NY Giants)
1919 - Karl H. Pribram, Austrian neuroscientist
1920 - Antony Duff, diplomat
1920 - Hayes Gordon, Boston MA, actor (Sky Pirates, Dark Room)
1920 - Gérard Bessette, Canadian author (d. 2005)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 3 of 3

1828 - 6th US President John Quincy Adam's son John marries in the White House
Actor Jack HaleyActor Jack Haley (1921) 1921 - Actor Jack Haley (22) weds Florence McFadden
2011 - Actor and comedian Kelsey Grammer (57) weds Kayte Walsh (29) at the Longacre Theater in Manhattan, New York

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 111

779 - Walburgis, Anglo-Saxon abbess/saint (Walpurgis Night), dies
1246 - Dafydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd
1247 - Hendrik IV, duke of Limburg/earl of Bergen (1226-47), dies
1495 - Djem Sultan, son of Turkish sultan Mehmed II, dies at 35
1522 - William Lilye, English classical scholar
1536 - Berthold Haller, German-born reformer (b. 1492)
1553 - Hirate Masahide, Japanese diplomat and tutor of Oda Nobunaga (suicide) (b. 1492)
1558 - Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France (b. 1498)
English Monarch Queen Elizabeth IEnglish Monarch Queen Elizabeth I (1601) 1601 - Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, executed for treason against Elizabeth I
1602 - Everard van Reyd, Dutch historian, dies at about 51
1634 - Albrecht WE baron von Wallenstein, German duke, murdered at 50
1634 - Van Friedland/Mecklenburg, general-admiral, dies at 50
1643 - Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, dies at 60
1655 - Daniel Heinsius, Flemish scholar (b. 1580)
1682 - Alessandro Stradella, Italian violist/composer, murdered at 37
1713 - Frederik I, King of Prussia (1701-13), dies at 55
1715 - Pu Songling, Chinese writer (b. 1640)
1719 - Giovanni Maria Casini, composer, dies at 66
1723 - Christopher Wren, England, astronomer/architect, dies at 90
Architect Christopher WrenArchitect Christopher Wren (1723) 1756 - Eliza Haywood, English actress and writer (b. 1693)
1798 - Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (b. 1716)
1805 - Thomas Pownall, British colonial statesman (b. 1722)
1826 - Piotr A von der Pahlen, military governor of St Petersburg, dies at 60
1850 - Daoguang, Emperor of China (b. 1782)
1851 - Ferdinand Simon Gassner, composer, dies at 53
1852 - Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, dies aged 72
1860 - Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman, educator, and lexicographer (b. 1790)
1865 - Otto Ludwig, German writer (Zwischen Himmel und Erde), dies at 47
1894 - James Morrison Steele Mackaye, US actor/author/director, dies at 51
1899 - Paul Julius von Reuter, founder of the news agency (Reuters), dies
1901 - Jose Rogel, composer, dies at 71
1902 - Carl Ignaz Franz Umlauf, composer, dies at 77
1906 - Anton Stepanovich Arensky, Russian composer/conductor c t, dies at 44
1912 - Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (b. 1852)
1914 - John Tenniel, British illustrator (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 93
1915 - George Mimot, physician (Nobel-1934), dies
1919 - Josef Christiaens, Belgian racing driver (b. 1879)
1920 - Aloys, Liechtenstein nobleman/politician, dies at 73
1922 - Henri-Desire Landru, French sex murderer, guillotined at 52
1925 - Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, composer, dies at 81
1934 - Daniel Protheroe, composer, dies at 67
1934 - John J McGraw, manager (NY Giants), dies at 60
1942 - Leo Ascher, composer, dies at 61
1945 - Mário de Andrade, Brazilian writer and photographer (b. 1893)
1947 - Friedrich Paschen, German physicist, dies at 82
1950 - George Minot, American physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)
1953 - Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
1955 - Marij Kogoj, composer, dies at 59
1957 - Kurt von Wolfurt, composer, dies at 76
1957 - Mark Aldanov, [Mark A Landau], Russian/French chemist, dies at 70
1960 - Everhardus J van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, dies at 51
1962 - Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist, dies at 81
1964 - Alexander Archipenko, sculptor, dies
1964 - Grace Metalious, American writer (b. 1924)
1966 - James D. Norris, American sports businessman (b. 1906)
1967 - John Griggs, actor (Joey Bishop Show), dies at 57
1968 - Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47), dies at 96
1969 - Jan Zajic, Czech student, self incinerates
1970 - Mark Rothko, abstract expressionist (Green on Blue), dies at 66
1971 - Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1884)
1975 - Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, dies in Chicago at 78
1978 - Daniel "Chappie" James Jr, retired Air Force general, dies at 58
1982 - J K Irani, cricket wicketkeeper (2 Tests for India 1947-48), dies
1983 - John Cowles Sr, US publisher, dies at 84
Playwright Tennessee WilliamsPlaywright Tennessee Williams (1983) 1983 - Tennessee Williams, US playwright and writer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71
1987 - James Coco, actor (Joe-Dumplings), dies at 58
1988 - Amapola Del Vando, actress (Cowboy), dies at 78
1990 - Deborra Hampton, actress (Crossroads, 2 of a Kind), dies at 30
1992 - Guy Deghy, actor (Matter of Who, 1 Eyed Soldiers), dies at 79
1992 - John E Allen Jr, actor (1 2 3), dies
1992 - Ollie O'Toole, dies after long illness at 79
1993 - Eddie Constantine, actor (Alphaville, License to Kill), dies at 75
1993 - Jan D Boeke, Dutch organist/conductor, dies
1993 - Jean G H "Sjeng" Tans, Dutch PM (social dem, 1965-69), dies
1993 - Toy Caldwell, country musician (Marshall Tucker Band), dies at 45
1993 - Mary Walter, Filipino actress (b. 1912)
1994 - Baruch Goldstein, physician/murderer (53 in mosque), lynched at 42
1994 - Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (170 wickets for S Afr in 37 Tests), dies
1994 - Jersey Joe Walcott, boxer, dies at 80
1994 - Wladyslaw Sila Lawyer Adviser to Solidarity-Nowicki, dies at 80
1994 - Yann Piat, French MP (FN/PR), murdered at 44
1995 - Jack Clayton, British director (Great Gatsby), dies at 73
1995 - Oh Jin Woo, Korean minister of defense, dies
1995 - Terence Weil, cellist/teacher, dies at 73
1996 - Haing S Ngor, doctor/actor (Killing Fields), dies at 45
1996 - Marion Farouk Political scientist-Sluglett, dies at 59
1996 - Vehbi Koc, indistrialist/philanthropist, dies at 94
1997 - Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, writer/critic, dies at 71
1997 - Tony Williams, jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
1998 - Luigi Veronesi, Italian abstract artist (Campo Grafico), dies at 90
1998 - Umberto Mastroianni, Italian sculptor, dies at 87
1998 - Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
1999 - Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
2001 - Sir Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer, dies at 92
2003 - Tom O'Higgins, Irish Chief Justice (b. 1916)
2003 - Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (b. 1920)
2004 - Donald Hings, Canadian inventor (b. 1907)
2005 - Peter Benenson, English founder of Amnesty International (b. 1921)
2006 - Darren McGavin, American actor (b. 1922)
2006 - Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)

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